HONDA AIMS TO TURN PACE INTO BTCC WINS IN CHESHIRE
Halfords Yuasa Racing will be looking to turn its front-running speed into more race wins as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads to Oulton Park in Cheshire for the third meeting of the 2020 season.
Dan Cammish has already secured two front-row starting positions and two victories in his Honda Civic Type R during the opening six rounds.
After two events and six races on successive weekends, in a BTCC season delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Halfords Yuasa Racing team has had a welcome weekend off. This brief break has given them time to fully address the rare mechanical issues suffered by the cars in sweltering hot temperatures during the most recent rounds at Brands Hatch. They will be determined to again head the pack around the challenging 2.23-mile parkland circuit.
At the 2019 Oulton Park meeting Cammish secured two podium finishes, while in the final race team-mate Matt Neal was spun out of a potentially winning position. Both Halfords Yuasa Racing drivers know they can add to the seven victories the Honda works team has previously scored at Oulton Park, and close the gap to BTCC points leader Colin Turkington.
Rounds seven, eight and nine of the BTCC take place at Oulton Park on 23 August and will be shown live on ITV4 from 1150, while Saturday’s (22 August) qualifying session will be live on itv.com/btcc.
“Brands was frustrating for me after such a good start to the day taking the race one win,” said Cammish. “A minor technical gremlin in the second saw me having to limp round after a strong showing and in the third I got a radiator full of grass and dirt taking avoiding action on the opening lap, causing further technical issues.
“I was on the podium at Oulton twice last year, so that will be my target again, but there are some quick guys in some quick cars this year, so I’ll have my work cut out! My goal is to take as many points off Colin (Turkington) as I can and try and bring home some more silverware.”
“Brands was one to forget for me,” said Neal. “The car was strong, but lady luck wasn’t on my side; that final race of the day though just showed what pace we had when I drove from 25th to sixth.
“But onwards and upwards to Oulton, which is a circuit I really like, it’s an old-school track and you don’t get a lot of time on a lap to catch your breath. I was obviously on for the win there last year until my now infamous clash with Jake Hill took me out of the race in pretty spectacular fashion.”